Kate Middleton's Best Dresses From 2021

Kate Middleton has looked dazzling in her outings since Britain's COVID restrictions ended in the summer, appearing in a series of stunning outfits on the red carpet, at the Wimbledon tennis championships and as she launched her own children's center.

The Duchess of Cambridge has made great use of her wardrobe during a busy summer and fall, including helping British government efforts at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

October: The Earthshot Prize

Kate supported husband Prince William's climate change awards the Earthshot Prize during its first star-studded ceremony at Alexandra Palace, in North London, on October 17.

Guests were asked to wear only recycled or upcycled clothing and the duchess opted for a Grecian-style Alexander McQueen gown.

The outfit held a subtle message about the big news of the night—that next year's Earthshot Prize will be held in America, which is now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's stomping ground.

Kate first wore the dress during a tour of America in 2011, when they visited Los Angeles and stopped by the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, just a stone's throw from where the Sussexes live now.

Kate Middleton's Recycled Earthshot Prize Dress
Kate Middleton walks on stage at the first Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021, wearing a dress she recycled from a 2011 visit to California. It was a big night for husband Prince William who is looking for solutions to climate change. Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Kate Middleton and Prince William at Earthshot
Kate Middleton and Prince William attend the 2021 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021, in London, England. Alberto Pezzali - WPA Pool/Getty Images

September: James Bond and the Woman With the Golden Gown

Kate Middleton wore perhaps her boldest look to the James Bond premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 28.

Her golden, caped Jenny Packham gown lit up the red carpet and earned the royal couple their biggest day of mainstream and online media mentions in September, as Newsweek and Zignal Labs revealed.

Kate Middleton's James Bond Golden Gown
Kate Middleton wears a golden Jenny Packham gown alongside husband Prince William World Premiere of James Bond movie 'No Time to Die' at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
Kate Middleton's Jenny Packham Bond Gown
Kate Middleton wearing a gold Jenny Packham gown on the red carpet for the James Bond "No Time To Die" World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021, in London, England. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

July: Kate Middleton's Tennis Finals Look

The duchess was photographed wearing a belted pastel pink Beulah London dress when she took her father, Michael Middleton, to the men's Wimbledon tennis finals in July.

Kate is patron of the All England Tennis Club, where the prestigious tournament is held, and a keen tennis fan herself.

Later in the year, she took to the court for a low key match with Britain's rising star Emma Raducanu, who went on to win the U.S. Open.

Kate Middleton's Wimbledon Final Dress
Kate Middleton wears a pink, high-necked dress for the men's final of Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2021, in London, England. Julian Finney/Getty Images

June: Kate Middleton Launches Early Childhood Center

The Duchess of Cambridge launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, to fuel research into early years development.

The event marked a major date in Kate's calendar as it is run through her own charity—and she impressed in a bargain $350 pale blue shift dress from LK Bennett.

Quoted by The Independent, Kate said: "I wanted to understand what more we could do to help provide some of today's toughest social challenges and what more we could do to help with the rising rates of poor mental health."

She added: "What has become clear is that the best investment for our future health and happiness is in the first five years of life."

Kate Middleton's Blue Dress and Umbrella
Kate Middleton accessorizes her pale blue dress with a colorful umbrella at Kensington Palace, London, on June 18, 2021, for the launch of her Centre for Early Childhood. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

June: Kate Middleton at the G7 in Cornwall

Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen coat dress for a visit to The Eden Project where world leaders including President Joe Biden gathered in June.

The royals were out in force for the key talks between the seven most powerful nations on the planet hosted by Britain, in Cornwall, in southwest England.

Kate was pictured alongside Queen Elizabeth II, who also met the president and first lady Jill Biden that day.

After the summit, the Bidens were welcomed at Windsor Castle for tea with the monarch, 95.

Kate Middleton's G7 Dress
Kate Middleton wears a white coat dress at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021, in St Austell, Cornwall, England. World leaders including, President Joe Biden, were at the summit. Oli Scarff - WPA Pool / Getty Images

May: Kate Middleton's Houndstooth Coat at The V&A Museum

Princess Diana famously wore a red and white houndstooth jacket with a black and white houndstooth skirt but Kate opted for a slightly different take on the classic design as she visited The V&A museum on May 19.

The duchess wore a red and black Alessandra Rich houndstooth maxi dress as she visited exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, exploring 300 different takes on the Alice in Wonderland story.

Kate Middleton's Houndstooth Dress
Kate Middleton wears a red and black houndstooth maxi dress during her visit at The V&A museum on May 19, 2021, in London, England. Jonathan Buckmaster - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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